6 Short Term Car Maintenance Checks

Giulia Nigrini
Giulia Nigrini
Vehicle Service Contract Specialist, Traveler, Car Enthusiast
January 18, 2022
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Car maintenance cannot go left behind, always waiting for another day. Keeping to a few short-term checks can help you keep track of the health of your car. Such as oil filters, tire pressure, battery, and windshield wipers. Preventing serious damage and ensuring the longevity of the car.

Car Maintenance Checklist

We often drive cars without actually understanding the parts of the engine or even how it all fits together. This is partly due to their being little need for it, well at least in the past. Nowadays, with a push towards keeping cars running for longer, knowing what to look at will allow you to do just that.

Oil & Filter

Making sure that your engine oil is clean is essential to your car’s health. It lubricates the moving parts, helps act as a sealant against debris, cools the engine, reduces wear and tear, and helps prevent engine corrosion. Check oil levels and cleanliness at least once every 3 months.


Functioning lights, both inside and outside the car, is greatly important to the good and proper traffic flow. While also helping to keep you safe as you drive. Take time each month to check that the lights of your car are working properly.

Tire Pressure

Tires are essential to safe driving. Something like a blowout can lead to a serious accident on the road. Check your tire pressure at least once a month and before any long roadtrips. Remember to check the spare tire as well. The tire pressure also changes during colder months so please check your owner’s manual for specific details.

Air Filter

The air filter regulates the flow of air into the engine as well as preventing dust and other such particles from entering the engine. A happy air filter equals fewer emissions and better fuel efficiency.


No one enjoys being caught on the side of the road or late for work due to a dead battery. Car batteries generally do not need to be replaced very often but a fair amount can affect how they function. Stop at a battery center every 3 months to check that your battery is still functioning.

Windshield Wipers

Clarity while driving is needed for safe driving. Rainy days can make it extremely difficult to see the road ahead. Good quality windshield wipers will help you see better during difficult driving conditions. Once they seem to be fading it is likely time to replace them.

Make sure your car is functioning as it should so that it may last for years to come. A happy engine leads to safe and easy driving.

Though no matter how well you take of your vehicle, it is still a machine that is used and suffers wear and tear. Over time mechanical failures are inevitable and can be quite costly.

What does an Extended Car Warranty Cover?

An extended car warranty is a vehicle service contract that is designed to be a contract between you and the provider offering protection in the event of a mechanical breakdown. Chaiz works with third-party warranty providers offering powertrain plans, powertrain plus plans,  and bumper-to-bumper plans that cover the most critical components of your vehicle. Powertrain plans sit on the most basic tier of warranty options and ensure that all of the parts within your car’s powertrain will be covered. These parts include:

Bumper-to-bumper warranties cover the same parts as the powertrain plan and include electrical components, the fuel system, A/C, and cooling systems. Sometimes referred to as an exclusionary warranty or most comprehensive warranty due to having fewer parts not covered than those covered. Components NOT included under bumper-to-bumper warranty:

Third-party warranty providers here on the Chaiz marketplace offer fantastic perks and optional coverage options. With optional coverage you can be sure that all the components are covered for the driving usage. The additional perks often include:

Jump-start service

In the case of a flat battery, you will know that there is a service available.

Towing service

This service will tow your vehicle to the nearest mechanic to your breakdown site.

Locksmith/Lockout service

In this case, a lockout service provider will be sent through to try and open a car door. If unsuccessful then a locksmith will be called to get into the vehicle and assist with replacing the locks and keys.

Fuel-delivery service

Should you unexpectedly run out of gas while out driving a conservative amount of fuel will be delivered.

Flat Tire service

If you have a flat while out on the road you can request a tire changing service to come out and assist.

Winching service

If you happen to get stuck in snow or mud you can rely on a winching service sent to you to get you out of there and back on your way.

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